HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – If you think you have what it takes to become a police officer then The Huntsville Police Department wants you to join the team.
Luis Guzman interned with the department and knew he wanted to be a police officer. "In my heart I have this passion to protect people and I want to use it. So, if that means giving up my life for the city and the people I love then that`s what it`s going to take," Guzman said.
The passion Guzman has are the kind of people the department is looking for. "If you don't have the character to be somebody who can come out and protect people with compassion, and care about doing the right thing this really isn't the profession for you," Captain Dewayne McCarver said.
Captain McCarver said they have 300 applicants."From 2010 the pool has just slowly decreased, we saw somewhere in the neighborhood of 1500 applicants per process in the past,"Captain McCarver explained. He said they would like to see more faces come out.
"Every police department in the country is facing a severe crises really with people wanting to be police officers. We believe the negative media attention to events over the years have really impacted that," Captain McCarver said.
The Huntsville Police Department are taking applications up until March 31, 2017. "The city of Huntsville just does not match up with the rest of the nation. We are really in a bubble of technology. This community is very supportive of its police officers," Captain McCarver said.
The department says applicants perform a fitness test, written test, under go a background check, and more.
Captain McCarver said this is the perfect time to apply to become a HPD officer. "We had a big flow of police officers in the late 80`s and early 90`s who now have come to a point in their career where they can retire, so every week we are losing one to two," Captain McCarver said.
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